Daybell Charged With Two Felony Counts of Destruction, Alteration or Concealment of Evidence
Officials announced on Wednesday that Chad Daybell, the husband of an Idaho mother suspected in her kids' months long disappearance, has been charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.
The charges were announced after police confirmed finding two sets of unidentified human remains at Daybell's property on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Police said autopsy results are pending, but prosecutor Rob Wood said at Daybell's arraignment that he was "aware that those remains are the remains of children."
Wood alleges Daybell "willfully concealed and/or aided and abetted another to willfully conceal" the remains from around the time the children, Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan, were last seen until Tuesday, when the remains were discovered.
Daybell's bond was set at $1 million and his preliminary hearing is set for July 1.
John Prior, his attorney, argued for bail to be lower and said Daybell "has every intention of addressing these issues."
Daybell, 51, who was taken into custody, Tuesday on an unspecified felony charge, is the husband of Lori Vallow, who's facing five charges - two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children and one misdemeanor count each of resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime and contempt - in her children's disappearance. Vallow, 46, is currently in jail on $1 million bond.
JJ, was 7 years old at the time he disappeared and Tylee, who was 17, were last seen in September 2019 and were reported missing by extended family members to police in November 2019.
"We got this news early this morning that Police and FBI had served a search warrant at Chad Daybell’s property and have been in touch with law enforcement throughout the day," the Woodcocks said in a statement. "We were notified that law enforcement had discovered human remains on the property. This is obviously a very difficult time for our family, and we ask that you respect our privacy as we wait further news with heavy hearts."
The Woodcocks have not issued a statement since police confirmed the findings.